Provides wards, clinics, operating rooms, and other hospital facilities with medical supplies, instruments, sets, and equipment. Duties require a knowledge of aseptic techniques and sterilization practices; the care, functioning, and uses of supplies, equipment, sets, and instruments; and methods for the preparation, storage, and issue of sterile and non-sterile medical supplies and the maintenance of adequate stock levels. GS-6 Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Full performance level. Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical/non-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) in the decontamination area.Disassembles RME and determines correct cleaning method, such as, but not limited to, ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers/disinfectors, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines correct method and packaging for sterilization, such as, but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, and high-level disinfecting scope re-processors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all processes and equipment. All personnel involved in the reprocessing of RME are responsible for knowing what reusable instruments, equipment, medical devices or supplies are used in their clinical area. Must be familiar with which items are reprocessed locally (on unit) and/or which items are sent to Sterile Processing. If items are transported for reprocessing, personnel must be aware of the individual decontamination steps that must be taken prior to transport of item and the appropriate method of transport. Must follow local Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) drafted in accordance with manufacturer's written recommendations. Sterile Processing and Infection Control should be consulted when clarification of written instructions are needed. No RME should be re-processed based upon vendor's verbal instructions alone. Must have documented training in the setup, reprocessing and maintenance of specific equipment. Can suspend the reuse of any RME if they suspect device was not properly cleaned, disinfected or sterilized according to the SOP and manufacturer's guidelines. Single-use (disposable) medical devices will not be reused or re-sterilized. All personnel must have an understanding of the importance of RME and the significant impact on our Veteran population through the risk of infectious disease. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 2pm to 1030pm on call Saturday, Sunday and holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.